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And in Egypt are Greg Powell -- is keeping an eye on what's going on right now in the streets of Cairo there is supposed to be nothing going on a curfew in effect.
But that curfew apparently is not holding Greg what are you hearing what -- -- seen.
John the -- come -- -- from time to time we we in the TV business are guilty of hyperbole but I gotta tell -- at Cairo is a war zone tonight the building behind me this hulking mass is the radio and TV headquarters for an autocratic regime like the -- -- present -- them -- this is a critical symbol it is under attack there are protesters all around -- they are they're firing at the police that are trying to protected -- police are firing back.
We're getting lofts a tear gas wants a smoke coming up right here into our broadcast studio behind this building is the Foreign Ministry building another key linchpin to this government there are reports that that is under attack as well we have no confirmations of that but -- right next -- so they're going to be protesters moving around -- for sure on the other side about three buildings down to the other side where we -- -- is the headquarters of the political party of Hosni Mubarak and that I can confirm his.
Absolutely in flames okay this is the headquarters of the party of the president of this country under.
In flames right now so again military curfew supposed to be in effect starting 6 PM.
That's about an hour and a half ago totally ignored by the folks on the street we -- colleagues out on the street that saw thousands and thousands of protesters.
All fighters really streaming across the bridges they cross that the river mile in the center of this town heading towards the -- -- heading -- that main square that is in the battleground earlier in the day.
We were out and about amongst the crowds in amongst the riot police and we saw hey be handed tactics by the riot police an interesting twist John we're getting reports and and seeing some anecdotal evidence is this that in fact the people on the street are almost welcoming.
The army on this trees because the police have been the sole.
-- heavy handed in their fight where we're getting reports of casualties.
Deaths on both sides on confirm.
As well as a whole lot of injuries a lot of arrests were also getting word that president Mubarak could very well speaks to people tonight here in he -- that would be the first time.
In four days of -- -- if that happens but again.
Some of that transmission -- got to come through that radio and TV headquarters behind us and we don't know how loud and clear he'll be sounding John.
Hey Craig is -- I'm just gonna jump in here because you know you mentioned the beginning it was is -- like a war zone.
Industries there and I just wanna point out to our viewers that -- better than anyone.
-- know what a war zone it looks like with -- experience in international news in coverage and because we've also been reporting that the television stations are down the Internet is down.
That telephones can't be -- I wondering if you can give us an idea how difficult it is how challenging it is to tell this story.
Giving this situation on the streets and also just some of these other obstacles that you're having to deal with today.
Well it is a challenge for sure of where we are are graced by some satellite technology which is how work coming to you but yeah I think that that's important -- -- what the people have been going through here no mobile phones in a country of 82 million not a single mobile phone works here today.
No Internet at all.
Al-Jazeera Arabic other TV channels and knocked off the -- we even heard that.
Hard line phones also -- overloaded and outs and no communication so how does the word get out for tens of thousands of people to take to the streets not just in Cairo but in city after city after city we understand throughout Egypt first prior to the com's going down the word did get out and then that we are -- in the mosques not just here in Cairo but throughout Egypt the word came out.
To the people go out in the streets and that's adding a little bit more -- religious tinge to the activity here today we also hear that the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood a political and social movement active here and a little bit of a concern for Washington because of -- -- the -- -- Pay for the first time in this four days of unrest have been active in the streets as well troubling a troubling new wrinkle to this crisis guys.
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